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SSDs: Everything You Need to Know

A computer is a device which stores information and processes data. Storage is an essential element of a computer and as laptops and computers become more sophisticated so does their ability to retain information. Laptops and computers rely on storage components such as a hard disk (HDD), or a Solid State Drive (SSD), which is a form of flash memory.

A traditional hard drive, or an HDD, is typically inexpensive, consistent, and offers large storage capabilities. While HDDs are often less expensive compared to SSDs, they tend to incur damage and suffer from wear and tear more easily because they have a lot more internal moving parts. As its name suggests, SSD drives, are solid and have less movement internally when working to save important documents, photos, etc. SSDs use flash memory to store information within a computer. They are able to store large amounts of data just as an HDD would, depending on your needs and budget.

Other interesting comparison points include that SSDs are physically much smaller than traditional hard drives and are virtually silent in comparison. They are ideal for laptop computers because of their size and that they do not have a lot of internal moving parts. SSDs are known to increase the speed of a system allowing it to power up more quickly and to perform functions like copying files much more quickly than hard drives.

Perhaps most advantageous is that SSDs utilize less power than traditional hard drives which means your computer will stay cooler and in the case of laptops, you may also notice a bit of a longer battery life.

Although SSDs are more expensive than HDDs, most users consider the upgrade to be an investment. An SSD will help your old computer perform better and more efficiently, just like it did when you first purchased your system. It also can extend the life of your computer.

Upgrades to your computer or laptop are a budget-friendly way to improve your current computer without the expense of replacing your entire system. Although you may feel comfortable dabbling in some computer hardware upgrades, adding an SSD is not a DIY (do-it-yourself) task. Your computer’s functionality is contingent on a properly executed upgrade.

If you’re looking to breathe new life into your existing iMac® computer or MacBook® laptop, consider replacing your HDD with an SSD. The experts at Experimac can help you decide what would be the best storage capacity for your needs and take care of the upgrade for you. We are confident you will see the value in upgrading to an SSD as soon as you power up your computer or laptop after the upgrade. Make your way to your local Experimac store today!